Robert Bolick of the San Beda Red Lions is a two-time NCAA champion, a leader, a clutch performer, and certainly one of the best amateur players in the country. Currently, he's on a quest for a third straight championship with the Red Lions to cap off a successful college career.
But the fearless point guard isn't one to rest on his accomplishments. While he's already one of the best, even regarded as the top collegiate player in the 2018 collegiate basketball awards, he continues to strive for greatness.
Last week, Bolick sought guidance from one of the legends in Philippine college basketball - Kiefer Ravena.
"My training with him was a really big help," Bolick said in Filipino about the NLEX Road Warrior rookie.
Ravena was a stud in the collegiate ranks. As part of the Ateneo Blue Eagles, he was named UAAP MVP twice, selected to the Mythical team thrice, and became a two-time champion in 2011 and 2012. More than his accolades, it was Ravena's on-court brilliance that separated him from his contemporaries. He was a ruthless scorer with a penchant for coming up big in the clutch.
Currently, Ravena of course is serving his 18-month basketball ban imposed by FIBA. He is ineligible to play in FIBA competition and in the PBA for the meantime. However, he was willing to lend a helping hand to Bolick.
"Ball screens, finishing around the rim," Bolick shared on what they worked on last July 26 at the San Beda gym in Mendiola. "He taught me a lot of new drills. I always open up to him. I ask him questions just like everyone who asks him."
Before their workout, Bolick also shared that Ravena was keen on improving his jump shot.
"I'm not really good [with] those kinds of shots so Kiefer is one of those guys with those jump shots," recalled Bolick. "So I reached out to him just in case he was willing to help."
In Bolick's first game after his training with Ravena, he helped the Red Lions get their third straight victory and ended up with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting as well as six assists and two steals.
"He's a big part of my game. And everything he teaches, I follow," said Bolick.
"He's (Ravena) a bit busy but I want to thank him because he made the time to come to school in San Beda. And taught me some of the drills. Hopefully, if ever he's free, he'll chat me up. I'm also grateful that he instructed me for free," he added.
As the Red Lions gun for a third straight NCAA title, much of the burden falls on the shoulders of the veteran star. Bolick fortunately seems up to the challenge to end his college career on a winning note.
"Just keep on learning the game - that's what I want to happen in my career. I want to keep learning from everyone out there who can help," he passionately shared. "There's no limit on the dreams and expectations with yourself. I want to be on top. Everyone does, ask any player, they want to be on top."
With an insatiable hunger to improve and an unyielding mentality to work hard , Robert Bolick aims to be successful even after graduating from San Beda.